Just Stop Oil protesters occupy beds in Harrods over rising energy bills

Just Stop Oil protesters occupy beds in Harrods over rising energy bills
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Carl Bennett

By Carl Bennett

Published: 03/12/2022

- 14:48

Updated: 03/12/2022

- 14:52

The group were protesting on 'The Day of Action on Fuel Poverty'

Environment activists Just Stop Oil have targeted luxury store Harrods in their latest protests, on what they call the ‘Day of Action on Fuel Poverty’.

Posting on Twitter, the group said they had occupied beds and sofas at the flagship London store on Saturday.

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In a statement shared on social media, the environment activists said: "At around 1pm, 4 #JustStopOil supporters briefly occupied beds and sofas in @Harrods to demand that the #Government Just Stop Fuel Poverty by insulating homes and ending our reliance on expensive, dangerous and dirty fossil fuels. They were rapidly escorted out of the store by around 20 security guards."

Campaigners have also occupied buildings including the British Museum and Scottish Power HQ on Saturday in protest against rising energy bills and “sky-rocketing” levels of fuel poverty, according to organisers.

Members of the grass-roots movements Don’t Pay UK and Fuel Poverty Action said campaigners had bedded down with blankets, sleeping bags and hot water bottles in the foyer of the Glasgow-based energy company at around 9am.

Another “warm-up” demonstration saw a group of activists enter the British Museum’s great hall – the largest indoor public square in Europe – where they also protested against the museum’s sponsorship links with oil giant BP, according to Don’t Pay UK.

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Sadiq Khan has warned the Government response to protest has to be “within the law”, after the Prime Minister and Home Secretary met with police chiefs in Downing Street on Thursday to discuss action by Just Stop Oil.

Rishi Sunak pledged following the meeting, that police will have whatever powers required to crack down on disruptive environmental protests, as he called it “completely unacceptable” ordinary people were having their lives disrupted.

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